The new top-of-the-line G-Shock MRG-G2000 was first revealed with the MRG-G2000HT-1A Baselworld 2017 Limited Edition and now Casio has also announced the MRG-G2000CB-1A which will be the first regular release of G-Shock’s most premium series. The dark and simple look of the MRG-G2000CB is inspired by the Kuro-Zonae, or Black Guard, a unit of samurai warriors known for wearing dark armor. The bezel is made of Cobarion, a new cobalt chrome alloy manufactured exclusively by Eiwa Co., Ltd. It is up to three times harder than stainless steel and is polished to a mirror finish, producing an elegant jewelry-like shine. A diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating is also applied to the case and band.
Update: The MRG-G2000CB-1AJR has a retail price of ¥400,000 JPY and will be released in October 2017 in Japan. Casio is also releasing the MRG-G2000HB-1AJR in October with a retail price of ¥550,000 JPY. Casio America announced the MRGG2000CB-1A with a list price of $3,700 USD and the MRGG2000HB-1A for November 2017 with a list price of $5,000 USD, both for a November 2017 release.
Update 2: The release has been delayed, though Casio has announced the MRG-G2000CB-1A and MRG-G2000HB-1A for a November 2017 release in Asia (but not Japan).
The all-new feature of the MRG-G2000 is the 3-Way Connected Engine that allows the watch to automatically adjust the time through radio-wave reception (Multi-Band 6), GPS time signal reception, or internet time servers via a Bluetooth-connected smartphone. The Bluetooth connectivity also allows the user to use the smartphone app to set the world time and see detailed battery information.
The MRG-G2000 is powered by the Tough Solar system. After a full charge the watch can go for about 23 months with the power-saving function on. Like other G-Shock watches it is fully shock-resistant and water-resistant to 200 meters. Other features include
ISO 764-compliant magnetic resistance, 39-city world time with UTC and auto DST switching, 1/1 second stopwatch (24 minutes), countdown timer (24 hours), 1 daily alarm, and LED light. The MRG-G2000CB-1A measures 54.7 x 49.8 x 16.9 mm and weighs about 152 grams.
The MRG-G2000HB-1AJR has tsuiki-style relief patterns on the bezel. This style was previously seen only on special Hammer Tone limited edition watches in which all the relief patterns were created by hand. Apparently Casio has developed an automated process which now allows it to be created for regular production models like the MRG-G2000HB-1AJR.
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